Geode, a gigantic sphere

The Geode is the most iconic architectural feature in the Parc de la Villette.

Parc de la Villette - Geode and Sciences Museum
Geode and Sciences Museum

The architect Adrian Fainsilber and the engineer Gérard Chamavou designed this gigantic spherical structure, which was inaugurated on May 6, 1985.

The Geode is part of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie.

It sits on a pool equipped with 12 speakers set in concrete blocks placed at equal distance from each to form a clock dial or clepsydre. Louis Dandrel created this unusual water-sound system in 1990.

The speakers are timed in sequence with the light reflected on the water and on the Geode. As a result, they emit indirect sounds that mark the hours, minutes and seconds.

Geode - La Villette
Geode – La Villette

6,433 equilateral spherical triangles, made of polished steel, cover the exterior surface of the Geode.

The Geode is therefore very shiny and you can see it from most sections of the park.

The 1.20m long triangles are fixed on a light metal frame made of 2580 steel tubes.

As a result, the absence of joints between the triangles ensures perfect expansion of the metal during the seasonal variations in temperature.

It also eases the flow of rainwater collected in the clepsydre, and improves their reflecting power.

A cinema with a 360˚ screen

The Geode is the siege of a film distribution company.

Geode and Sciences Museum by the Canal de l'Ourcq in Parc de la Villette
Geode and Sciences Museum by the Canal de l’Ourcq

But most of all, it is a very popular movie theater equipped with a 1000m² hemispherical screen with a diameter of 26m!

The high-end digital equipment, the use of new liquid crystal glasses and the spatialized sound system (12 sound distribution spots and 4 speakers with a 55 cm sub-bass) allow spectators to enjoy 3D movies on the amazing 360˚ screen.

Most films last an average of 1 hour and have an English version.

Finally, you can also listen to high definition broadcasts of live concerts from around the world.

Directions: 19th district – 26 Avenue Corentin Cariou
Metro: Porte de la Villette or Corentin Cariou on Line 7
Coordinates: Lat 48.894653 – Long 2.388694

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